NW Quadrant, West of Rock Creek, Federal Government Employees, Female, Major Literary Awardees,U.S. Poets Laureate

Joseph Auslander
(October 11, 1897 – June 22, 1965)
Audrey Wurdemann
(January 1, 1911 – May 20, 1960)

3117 35th Street NW, Cathedral Heights neighborhood, DC.

Auslander was the first person to serve as Poet Consultant at the Library of Congress and the longest serving (1937 to 1941). Auslander published six volumes of poems; his best known is The Unconquerables (1943), poems addressed to the German-occupied countries of Europe.

Wurdemann won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1935 for her book Bright Ambush, and, at age 24, was the youngest winner of that award. She published five volumes of poems, and was the great-granddaughter of Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Together they collaborated on short stories and two novels, My Uncle Jan (1945) and The Islanders (1951). Both held paid positions at the Library of Congress. In his role as Poet Consultant, Auslander instituted the Library's reading series.


Beltway Poetry Quarterly, "Four Laureates"